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Overheard 3 (2014) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Daniel Wu (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Zhou Xun (Actor)
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The Overheard trilogy comes to an epic conclusion with Overheard 3. Once again written and directed by Alan Mak and Felix Chong (Infernal Affairs), the third film in the hit series (again an independent story) is a sweeping saga about Hong Kong's New Territory region, where land is the all-important currency that people live and die for. Superstars Lau Ching Wan, Louis Koo and Daniel Wu are back as three key characters who play pivotal roles in this dangerous battle of wits. Billing the film as the swan song of the series, the filmmakers and producer Derek Yee have also rounded up cast members from the first two films – including Alex Fong, Michelle Ye, Crystal Huang and Kenneth Tsang – as well as new members Zhou Xun (The Great Magician), Gordon Lam (Cold War) and Ng Man Tat to bid farewell to the immensely successful trilogy. Thanks to the star power and its timely topic, Overheard 3 is one of the highest-grossing Hong Kong films of 2014.

In the 1970s, the Hong Kong government enacted a policy that granted each male heir of New Territories villagers the privilege to build a house without paying any dues to the government. Since then, those grants have become a commodity that village leaders can profit from. Luk (Kenneth Tsang) is one of those leaders. However, the Luk family's NT Land Group shocks the village when it decides to go public thanks to an ambitious residential high-rise project made possible with the grants it bought up and the help of a businessman from Mainland China (Huang Lei). Bitter over not receiving a share of the new company, the Luk Brothers (Lau Ching Wan, Gordon Lam, Alex Fong, Lam Ka Wah) set a plan in motion to grab the company shares they should've gotten. Meanwhile, Jau (Louis Koo), one of the Luk Brothers, has been released from prison after serving five years for committing a murder that paved the way for the high-rise project. On the surface, he appears to be rejoining the Luk Brothers, but he's secretly working with technology expert Joe (Daniel Wu) to spy on the four men for someone from his past.

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Product Title: Overheard 3 (2014) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 竊聽風雲 3 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) 窃听风云 3 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) 竊聽風雲 3 (2014) (DVD) (香港版) Overheard 3 (2014) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Daniel Wu (Actor) | Louis Koo (Actor) | Zhou Xun (Actor) | Michelle Ye (Actor) | Huang Lei (Actor) | Ng Man Tat (Actor) | Chin Ka Lok (Actor) | Alex Fong Chung Sun (Actor) | Law Lan (Actor) | Kenneth Tsang (Actor) | Tony Ho (Actor) | Vincent Kok (Actor) | Lam Ka Wah (Actor) | Gordon Lam (Actor) | Felix Lok (Actor) | Crystal Huang (Actor) | Guo Feng (Actor) | Wilfred Lau (Actor) | Yang Ying Wei (Actor) | Long Tian Sheng (Actor) | Yuan Jia Min (Actor) | Anthony Pun 劉 青雲 (Actor) | 吳彥祖 (Actor) | 古天樂 (Actor) | 周迅 (Actor) | 葉 璇 (Actor) | 黃磊 (Actor) | 吳孟達 (Actor) | 錢嘉樂 (Actor) | 方中信 (Actor) | 羅蘭 (Actor) | 曾 江 (Actor) | 何華超 (Actor) | 谷德昭 (Actor) | 林嘉華 (Actor) | 林家棟 (Actor) | 駱應鈞 (Actor) | 黃奕 (Actor) | 郭鋒 (Actor) | 劉浩龍 (Actor) | 楊 英偉 (Actor) | 龍天生 (Actor) | 袁 嘉敏 (Actor) | 潘耀明 刘 青云 (Actor) | 吴彦祖 (Actor) | 古天乐 (Actor) | 周迅 (Actor) | 叶璇 (Actor) | Huang Lei (Actor) | 吴孟达 (Actor) | 钱嘉乐 (Actor) | 方中信 (Actor) | 罗兰 (Actor) | 曾 江 (Actor) | 何华超 (Actor) | 谷德昭 (Actor) | 林嘉华 (Actor) | 林家栋 (Actor) | 骆应钧 (Actor) | 黄奕 (Actor) | 郭锋 (Actor) | 刘浩龙 (Actor) | 杨 英伟 (Actor) | 龙天生 (Actor) | 袁 嘉敏 (Actor) | 潘耀明 劉青雲(ラウ・チンワン) (Actor) | 呉彦祖 (ダニエル・ウー)  (Actor) | 古天樂 (ルイス・クー) (Actor) | 周迅 (ジョウ・シュン)  (Actor) | 葉璇 (ミッシェル・イップ) (Actor) | 黄磊(ホァン・レイ) (Actor) | 呉孟達 (ン・マンタ) (Actor) | 錢嘉樂(チン・ガーロッ) (Actor) | 方中信(アレックス・フォン) (Actor) | Law Lan (Actor) | 曾江(ケネス・ツァン) (Actor) | 何華超(トニー・ホー) (Actor) | 谷徳昭(ビンセント・コク) (Actor) | 林嘉華(ラム・カーワー) (Actor) | 林家棟(ラム・カートン) (Actor) | Felix Lok (Actor) | 黄奕(ホァン・イー) (Actor) | Guo Feng (Actor) | 劉浩龍(ウィルフレッド・ラウ) (Actor) | Yang Ying Wei (Actor) | Long Tian Sheng (Actor) | Yuan Jia Min (Actor) | 潘耀明 (アンソニー・プン) Lau Ching Wan (Actor) | Daniel Wu (Actor) | 고천락 (Actor) | Zhou Xun (Actor) | Michelle Ye (Actor) | Huang Lei (Actor) | 오맹달 (Actor) | Chin Ka Lok (Actor) | 방중신 (Actor) | Law Lan (Actor) | Kenneth Tsang (Actor) | Tony Ho (Actor) | Vincent Kok (Actor) | Lam Ka Wah (Actor) | 임가동 (Actor) | Felix Lok (Actor) | Crystal Huang (Actor) | Guo Feng (Actor) | Wilfred Lau (Actor) | Yang Ying Wei (Actor) | Long Tian Sheng (Actor) | Yuan Jia Min (Actor) | Anthony Pun
Director: Alan Mak | Felix Chong 麥 兆輝 | 莊 文強 麦兆辉 | 庄 文强 麥兆輝(アラン・マック) | 莊文強(フェリックス・チョン) Alan Mak | Felix Chong
Producer: Derek Yee 爾 冬陞 尔 冬升 爾冬陞(イー・トンシン) Derek Yee
Release Date: 2014-10-28
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong, China
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM)
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 132 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1037330784

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LAW worked as a chauffeur for the rural tycoon LUK; was jailed for killing a major land owner in a car accident. It was rumored that LUK was behind such land owner’s death, which gave LUK a competitive edge in the native apartment development deal. Every native, male resident in the New Territories was granted the right to build a house, until recently the government decided to gather all of the remaining land rights from these residents and plan to build taller apartment buildings. LUK wished to swallow the enormous project and this started the fights between LUK, the land owner and other real estate developers.

LAW gets out of prison 5 years later, LUK’s corporation has grown more powerful, while LUK’s right-hand man Keung, sworn brother of LAW, has his own agenda to pursue. But things take a surprising turn. With the help of LAW’s prison mate and computer whiz Joe, he modifies their mobile phones for wiretapping. Joe gets acquainted with the materialistic aingle mom Eva, who turns out to have a dark history with both LAW and KEUNG. Through the eavesdropping, LAW realizes Keung’s ultimate plan, which may change Hong Kong’s land development forever.
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Professional Review of "Overheard 3 (2014) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

November 26, 2014

This professional review refers to Overheard 3 (2014) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
The popular Overheard series comes to an apparent close with its third instalment, again written and directed by Alan Mak and Felix Chong of Infernal Affairs fame and produced by Derek Yee. Another standalone tale, the film is this time set in Hong Kong's New Territories region and revolves around shady property development dealings, with lead stars Lau Ching Wan, Louis Koo and Daniel Wu all returning in different roles. Alex Fong, Michelle Ye, Crystal Huang and Kenneth Tsang also return, and are joined by top actress Zhou Xun (The Great Magician), plus Gordon Lam (Cold War) and veteran character actor Ng Man Tat (God of Gamblers). No doubt boosted considerably by its massive star power, the film repeated the box office success of its predecessors, emerging as one of the biggest Hong Kong hits of 2014 to date.

The film revolves around the Ding House Policy, a 1970s act by the then British-controlled Hong Kong government which allowed each male heir of families living in villages in the New Territories the right to build a house without paying dues. In the present day this has resulted in the Ding grants being extremely valuable to property developers and village leaders, the film following the fortunes of the Luk family, whose land group makes an ambitious bid to go public and to build a luxury high rise residential housing estate. When the Luk brothers (Lau Ching Wan, Gordon Lam, Alex Fong and Lam Ka Wah) find themselves losing out on the deal thanks to the schemes of a Mainland developer, they decide to enact their own plan to rise to the top and take over the company. Meanwhile, their half-brother Jau (Louis Koo) is released from jail after serving five years for eliminating a Luk rival, and joins with a surveillance expert called Joe (Daniel Wu) to spy on the rest of the clan for his own mysterious ends.

Overheard 3 is a somewhat different to the other films in the franchise, as though there's still plenty of wiretapping, hidden cameras and earphones, the focus here is very much on the Luk family and its various struggles, Alan Mak and Felix Chong clearly aiming for a crime family epic. There's certainly something to be said for this, and it does help to make the subject of property development far more entertaining than it might otherwise have been, with a complex (and occasionally convoluted) plot that packs in plenty of generational tensions, back-stabbings, betrayals and illicit relationships. It's all very mock-grandiose, and though undeniably bloated is fun and often hysterical in a soap opera style fashion, its many twists and turns holding the interest despite a lack of any likeable or sympathetic characters and a very simplistic greed is bad philosophy.

This black and white moralising is rather a shame, as in taking on the subject of NT property development, Mak and Chong have a potentially fascinating piece of social criticism on their hands, and the film does indeed start off as if to head down a more challenging route. Perhaps unsurprisingly given its blockbuster leanings, this is quickly jettisoned in favour of broad strokes, action scenes and shouting ?not necessarily a bad thing, as the set pieces are decently handled, and though amusingly gratuitous, do inject a welcome bit of pace now and then. Mak and Chong are old hands at big budget popcorn cinema and generally press all the right buttons in these terms, striking a balance between the film's more serious elements and more mass audience friendly elements, even managing to make sitting in front of a computer screen look vaguely glamourous.

The powerhouse cast are obviously the main selling point here, and the leads all prove solid value for money. Of the three, Lau Ching Wan comes off best, mainly due to having the most interesting character of the Luk brothers, though Louis Koo is fine, glowering effectively throughout, and Daniel Wu plays somewhat against type as a tech-geek. The supporting cast all do their bit, and it's enjoyable to see familiar faces jostling for position and adding further star power, and while Zhou Xun is a bit wasted in a needless possible romantic role, Kenneth Tsang, Ng Man Tat and others all throw in some worthy scenery chewing.

Overheard 3 is a fitting end to the series and on par with the first two films, insofar as it delivers slick drama and thrills, flirts with serious social issues and delivers a reasonably intelligent and complicated script. Though none of this is enough to make it remarkable or truly memorable, and the franchise is unlikely to ever be viewed in the same light as Infernal Affairs, it's definitely above average when compared with many other Chinese blockbusters screened during its run, and was marked by at least making an effort to tackle topical subjects.

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